Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

End of Year Review

The end of 2014 membership report shows great health and improvement within our fraternity. Click here for the full summary report. When you join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, you enter a network of more than 6,400 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities. To learn more about membership click here.

Year Associate
Real Sons Total
2014 552 80 374 5,386 9 6,401

“Real Son” Joins Dept. of North Carolina

Standing Left to Right: SUVCW brothers Fred Fulcher, Harry Goodman, Pete Meyers, John France, Rolf Maris, and Dennis St. Andrew. Sitting in Front:  Luke P. Martin, Jr., Real Son of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Standing Left to Right: SUVCW brothers Fred Fulcher, Harry Goodman, Pete Meyers, John France, Rolf Maris, and Dennis St. Andrew. Sitting in Front: Luke P. Martin, Jr., Real Son of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is pleased to announce that a “real son” of a Civil War veteran, Luke Martin, Jr., has joined the SUVCW in the Department of North Carolina.

SUVCW defines a “real son” as a first generation son of a Civil War Union veteran. Only an estimated nine real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those men.

Born on July 11, 1917, Luke P. Martin, Jr. lives in New Bern, North Carolina. His father, Luke Martin, Sr., was born into slavery in 1837 and reportedly swam across three rivers in winter to get to New Bern and join what became the 35th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops.

The younger Martin still lives in the house his father built. He works as a funeral service assistant for Oscar’s Mortuary, as he has since the business opened. He was also a master brick mason, like his father before him. Martin Jr. was the lead mason in the early 1950s for the restoration of historic Tryon Palace and fifty other historic buildings. He taught vocational classes for military veterans and students in several area schools.

Luke P. Martin, Jr.’s SUVCW membership application was received by the Department of North Carolina and his application is now being forwarded to National Headquarters. Mr. Martin, Jr., age ninety-seven, will be a member of the North Carolina Union Volunteers Camp #5.

Members of Camp #5, along with Dennis St. Andrew (Department Commander) and John France (Department Secretary/Treasurer), were able to meet Mr. Martin in September at “Luke P. Martin, Jr. Day” in New Bern. This event was sponsored by Craven County, North Carolina. Camp #5 members Rolf Maris (Camp Commander) and Fred Fulcher (Past Camp Commander) followed up with Mr. Martin and he agreed to join the SUVCW.

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day 2014 will take place Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Several events will take place throughout the day, including the nation’s largest Civil War parade, and end with the Original Civil War Ball at the Wyndham Hotel. For additional details and a full slate of events held that day please click here (pdf).

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (April 11, 2015)

All are invited to participate in the 59th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death. It will be held at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Click here for additional information and the form by which to RSVP for your attendance.

Grand Army Men


Grand Army Men
The GAR and Its Male Organizations

This book is a collector’s guide and introductory history to the Grand Army of the Republic, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Quoting long forgotten resources, it reveals a rich history previously lost. For the first time, all badges and insignia of all three post Civil War societies are shown in full color and in sequential order of manufacture. A “must have” volume for both historians and collectors.

Cost: $39.95 plus $5.00 shipping
(Florida residents must add $3.00 for sales tax)

Editor for The Banner Wanted

The SUVCW is seeking an energetic, organized, and passionate brother to be the editor of our quarterly published magazine, The Banner.

The editor will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and selecting articles, and developing some of the content. The editor will be ensuring that the copy meets the organization’s statement of purpose; improving the submission process as needed; developing and implementing ideas to improve the magazine; coordinating the production of the magazine with a third party printing company; and reviewing proofs for correctness. The editor is also responsible for editing submitted articles for grammar and layout considerations, selecting photographs, publishing required content (General Orders, COA minutes, etc.), and soliciting advertisements, all within an established budget. The official job description can be found here.

The ideal candidate has a background in writing, editing, and publishing. He excels in interpersonal communication, time management, leadership, teamwork, and decision making. Does this sound like you? Please forward a brief statement telling the COA Subcommittee for Banner Editor a bit about your background; reasons for interest in the position; any relevant skills, knowledge, or experience; thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of The Banner; and ideas about its future editorial direction or vision and how those aims will be achieved. Please send the statement to the subcommittee at

Passing of Real Son Carson W. Yeager


Carson W. Yeager, the real son of Civil War Veteran Peter Yeager, passed away on July 15, 2014 at the age of 97 years old. He was a member of Chicago’s SUVCW Phil Sheridan Camp No. 2. He was born on September 23, 1916, grew up in Stockton, Illinois, and went on to serve in World War II in the Navy.

Carson’s father was German immigrant Peter Yeager (1847-1928), who served with the 146th Illinois Infantry, primarily transporting Confederate prisoners and guarding Union soldiers who had been drafted. His unit also skirmished with troops along the Mississippi River and Pvt. Yeager served on the honor guard for President Lincoln’s funeral in Springfield, Illinois. He died when Carson was eleven, leaving the younger Yeager to learn of his father’s experiences from his service diary.

Carson grew up on a farm in southern Illinois. After graduating high school, he took correspondence courses and then enrolled in Bradley University. He worked as an electrician in Rockford for three years before enlisting in the “Seabees” in 1942. He later applied for and was accepted into Officer Training School and spent the rest of the war in the navy’s Industrial Manager’s Office, specializing in sonar.

In honor of Brother Yeager’s passing, SUVCW Commander-in-Chief Tad Campbell has issued Special Order No. 1, which orders an official period of mourning for thirty days from September 5, 2014, during which time charters are to be draped and mourning ribbons are to be attached to the membership badge.

Only an estimated eight real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those eight men (Charles Cox passed away earlier).

Special Committee on the Nat’l Regulations

A Special Committee on the National Regulations was established in 2012 with the purpose of reorganizing the National Regulations. The committee was directed to report its results to the 133rd National Encampment in 2014. Due to the size of the actual reorganized regulations (90 pages) they are posted here in anticipation of the National Encampment. Click here (pdf) for an outline of the reorganization regulations. Click here (pdf) for a report of the special committee on national regulations.

National Policy Regarding Minors

The SUVCW National Council of Administration recently voted to approve a new National Policy Regarding Minors (pdf). Pursuant to this policy all minors shall be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian (e.g., a family member or friend who is 18 years of age or older) when participating in any SUVCW activity.

At no time will a non-related Brother be permitted “one-on-one” contact with a minor. Any interaction with a minor must include at least two (2) Brothers over the age of 18 years at all times. Any Brother who, in good faith, witnesses or suspects any type of physical, mental or sexual abuse of any minor shall immediately report such suspicion to local authorities first, and then to the appropriate local Camp and Department Commanders immediately thereafter.

All Brothers shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws pertaining to child abuse and the reporting thereof. While not a requirement, it is recommended that every Brother, who is 18 years or older, who may have contact with a minor, complete training related to the protection of children from abuse of any type. Free training is available from the Boy Scouts of America through their website at Local Camps may wish to retain a record of those Brothers who have completed such training.

Records of previous meeting minutes and electronic boardroom votes of the National Council of Administration are available here.